Stockings were hung by the chimney with care…

Standard

Classic Christmas images… Stockings on the mantle…  Love it…

 

image

 

Festive fireplace gives the perfect stamps and framelits to make that image come to life on paper!  As we head into the Christmas seasons, I hope you can reflect on happy memories and make new ones this year.imageHead on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

 

I learned how to do zippers!

Standard

So, this summer when I was back visiting the homeland, I had my mother and seamstress extraordinaire show me how to do zippers. I am  not really sure what I was afraid of, cause they really aren’t that bad.  Anyway, I decided to put my newly aquired skill to use and I made these:

Just little zipper pouch bags. I have a confession. I havent met a bag I didn’t like.  So I have no idea how I’m gonna be able to part with these…but… I have NO room to keep them… Anyway… Super cute and perfect to help organize a purse or diaper bag.

I also made these:

I kept seeing these cute little hand sanitizers done up as Santa-tizers but was wanting something more natural to use on my body (especially with all the banning of chemicals in the handsoaps…) So! I made my own!! The ingredients in these are all words I can pronounce. I am comfortable using these with my kiddos…and shoots. They are so cute. Makes a perfect little gift or stocking stuffer.

OK…stay tuned. More sneak peeks to come.  And see you Saturday!

Sneek Peek

Standard

Here is the first item to sneek peek for next Saturday’s Maui Stampers’ and Friends craft fair!  It’s a returning favorite: card gift bags!

Yes. That’s the yard. The lighting was just so good outside… Anyway, these little gift bags contain a set of 4 cards, mini notebook, and a pen. Perfect little gift for teachers or coworkers! Be sure to shop early cause I have an extremely limited supply…

See you Saturday!

Cute Little Monster

Standard
Cute Little Monster

Being the mom of young children we get to celebrate lots of birthdays… our own, our friends… LOTS.  So, I thought this little birthday monster would be the perfect way to celebrate!

20160531_081028

I LOVE HIM.  He just makes me happy with his one eye an goofy smile.  I made him from the Playful Pals stamp set.  Se his arms and legs?  Elephant trunk.  And it’s a perfect way to use washi.  Here I matched it with some washi I had… but you could totally use any color just to add pop.  The banners at the top are (sad to say) retired…but they’re a favorite of mine too…

Here’s the inside:

20160531_081037

I love this card for the young ones.  It’s been perfect for birthday celebrations.  And, I’ve even used it for those who are young at heart!!  :)

AND…  DRUMROLL….  I know you’ve been waiting all year with anticipation, but we are less than TWO WEEKS AWAY from the most awaited event of the year!!  THE MAUI STAMPERS’ AND FRIENDS CRAFT FAIR!!  It’s nearly here!! NOV 19!  Mark your calendar and be sure to come!

maui-stampers-craft-fair-001

Stay tuned!  I will be featuring items that will be available this year!  (FYI:  Thhis monster card will be there!!!)

Acorny Thankfulness

Standard

 

We don’t have large Oak Trees in Hawaii…  (we don’t have small ones either…), but thanks to this stamp set, we have ACORNS!!  And cute ones!!image

 

Using non-traditional fall colors helps brighten up the acorns!  It’s a fun spin on a Thanksgiving classic…image

Go see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

Celebrate Watercolor

Standard

So, I was approached by one of my club members about trying to recreate an image she saw as a card… I love a challenge so…

Here is what she sent me.  Said it came from an ad she saw.

iriss-idea

Very pretty.  I love the flowers.  I love watercolor.  And, this is something I think I could do.  So, here is the card I came up with:

20160531_081100

I love stamping on watercolor paper.  It’s so thick and takes ink very nicely.  And, it has great texture.

I used a fruit stamp (peach) from the Spring 2016 Occasions catalog (sorry, it’s retired now) but you just need anything circular.  And it doesn’t have to be perfect at all.  Ink that baby up and then SPRITZ it with water till it’s messy.  And stamp. (Watercolor paper is very important here cause it has to soak up the water).  I just found a long skinny stamp to be the stem (I think it is a balloon string… can’t remember now). Easy-peasy.  I used So Saffron and Wisteria for the flower ink colors.  And, I bordered the watercolor paper with Tip Top Taupe and put it on a Sahara Sand card base.  I decided to make this card 3.5 x 5.5″ cause I wanted it skinny to match the flowers.  But, it still fits in a regular ‘card’ envelope (though a matching envie would be fabulous too…).

Anyway, it was SUPER simple, SUPER fast, and SUPER fun…  go try one!

 

Christmas Pines

Standard

I love Christmas Greenery.  The smell, the color… (not the pokeys).  So, here is a way to get the fabulous look of the greenery without having raw fingers from all the needles.🙂

20160927_193213

 

This uses the Christmas Pines stamp set and the coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits.  I LOVE it.  I cut the pine branches out of a couple of different greens (artichoke and wasabi) just to give depth and dimension.  I love how the copper thread and the linen thread add both rustic and elegance to this little look.  And, my favorite thing about the stamp set are the sentiments and the fonts.  Easy to read but very nice. The mini-pine cones are a nice touch too.  SU outdid themselves this holiday catalog with the little embellishments.  Subtle, yet perfect.

20160927_193207

I highly recommend the die brush for getting out the little pine branches from the thinlit.  It cuts well, but the brush makes poking them out way easier.  It is definitely a must.

Happy creating for the ‘season of joy’!